Bis’s new Chief Executive Officer, Simon Atkinson, has formally commenced following his appointment by the Bis Board in December 2022.
Atkinsons joins Bis from Pacific National, Australia’s largest privately-owned rail logistics business, and prior to that, Incitec Pivot Limited, where he ran the Asia Pacific downstream business in Commercial Explosives and Fertilisers.
Bis Chairman, Graeme Hunt, said his appointment represents the latest significant milestone in Bis’ century-long history.
“Simon is an esteemed safety, customer and people focused executive and we are delighted to welcome him to Bis,” he said. “He has an exceptional track record in strategy, HSE leadership, people development, process optimisation and value creation through execution excellence. Bis is in good hands with Simon at its helm.”
Hunt also conveyed his unreserved gratitude to Michael Porter, who has been serving as Acting Chief Executive Officer since mid-2022.
“Michael has made a significant contribution during this time and I thank him for his continued steady leadership, open engagement and deep industry experience,” he said. “With Simon coming onboard, Michael will resume his position as Chief Operating Officer and, in so doing, will continue to provide invaluable oversight and executive support to the business.”
Atkinson said the opportunity to lead one of Australia’s pioneers in the resources and logistics sector is something he does not take lightly.
“At every turn in Australia’s mining history, Bis has been there. It is a humble company with dedicated, hard-working people who get on with the job of serving their customers, safely and productively in an entrepreneurial way. This is evident in its growing innovation pipeline and its inherent ability to continually help customers solve problems and optimise their operations.”